New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees and Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar co-founder Brandon Landry are teaming up to open a new casual-dining restaurant near the LSU campus this summer, built using shipping containers.
Smalls Sliders will specialize in cooked-to-order premium slider burgers. The restaurant will open at 4343 Nicholson Drive, across from Tigerland, in a space that had been occupied most recently by the short-lived Baton Rouge location of Bud’s Broiler. More details about the menu were not released.
The restaurant will be built using shipping containers, allowing for a quick construction turn-around. Smalls will feature drive-thru business as its primary ordering option but will also have a walk-up window with outside seating only. Smalls will have an open kitchen, allowing guests to watch their meal being made as soon as they order.
Plans are to grow Smalls into a nationwide chain. The framework can be adjusted for franchise operators.
“Smalls was created a lot like Walk-On’s, ‘Hey, I have an idea!’” Landry said. “I told Drew about the concept, and he was all in.”
Walk-On’s Bistreaux and Bar has brought in a Super Bowl MVP as part of an effort to expand the chain of sports bars locally and nationally.
Brees and his wife, Brittany, have been co-owners of Walk-On’s Enterprises since 2015. Walk-On’s, which has its flagship restaurant and corporate headquarters a short distance from Smalls Sliders, has grown to 25 restaurants across Louisiana, Texas, Alabama and Mississippi. Plans are to open 30 more restaurants this year in cities such as Slidell and Hoover, Alabama. Walk-On's has franchisees lined up in markets from Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Miami.
Jacob Dugas and Scott Fargason also are partners in Smalls Sliders. Landry and Dugas are related, while Fargason is an entrepreneur who is involved in several industries.
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“We couldn’t be more excited to launch this unique concept in our hometown,” Dugas said. “Not only do we have an elite plan for Smalls, we also have a team of entrepreneurial powerhouses supporting the development of this small, yet mighty, concept.”